The Industrial Court was established under the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act, 2006 Cap 224, Laws of Uganda, and section 7. 2006.
The Act was assentenced to on 24th May 2006; and commenced on the 07th August 2006 vide a Ministerial statutory instrument.
The court consists of the Chief Judge Hon. Justice Ruhinda Asaph Ntengye and the Judge, Hon. Lady Justice Linda Lillian Tumusiime Mugisha appointed by the President of the Republic of Uganda on the recommendation of the Judicial service Commission, and the appointees qualifications are similar to those of Judges of a high court; with tenure of Five years, though the Act is silent on whether their tenure is renewable.
The Judges are assisted by the three (3) other ministerial appointees - one as an independent member from a panel of 05 eminent Ugandans or representatives of employees or employers (who should hold the office for 03 years):- another being a representative of the employers selected from a panel of 05 persons nominated by the Federation of Employers;- and the Third as a representative of the Employees from a panel of 05 persons nominated by the Federation of labour union. The tenure of the last two (2) categories of court members is not prescribed.
The Court sits in open on a day to day basis including the public holidays (Where necessary), and should declare its findings not later than twenty one (21) days from date of commencement of the hearing of the claim.
The hearings are fixed by the Registrar of the court Her. Worship Sylvia Nabaggala. The Registrar and the support staff are appointed by the Public Service Commission.
The Industrial court is a court of equity and not bound by the ordinary rules of evidence.
The Court's Jurisdiction is referral.
The Court's jurisdiction ambit are labour disputes referred to it by a party to a dispute where a labour officer has failed to dispose of the dispute within 08 weeks under the court's regulations as requested under the act, disputes referred by the Labour officer at the request of the party or on the officer's own volition when is unable to resolve the dispute; or by responsible Minister on notice of an intended withdrawal of labour within 05 days.
Appeals can also be filed against labour officers' decision under the Employment Act.
The Court has no original jurisdiction over Labour disputes.
Mission and Vision:
The Court draws its inspirations from the ILO mission: "bringing decent work and livelihoods, job related security and better living standards to the people of both poor and rich countries," and the Judiciary Vision "Justice for All".
The Court's Mission is: "To effectively and efficiently deliver and adjudicate labour justice for all in line with international Labour Organisation standards and National development Plan".
The Court's Vision is: "Labour Justice for All".
The Court's Objectives:
The Court's Targeted Outputs:
The industrial court contributes to the aims of social development sector by resolving labour disputes. When labour disputes are allowed to accumulate, workers' discontent remains latent and may at any time explode into violent strikes and lock outs.This kind of situation is not conducive to the economic growth and development of the economy.
Strikes and lock outs cause a decline in production and national income. This lowers the standards of living and leads to unemployment for the effected workers. The courts presence contributes to industrial harmony and peace with consequent economic growth and improved standards of living.
The Industrial Court is funded as a programme under Vote Function 1003: promotion of labour productivity and Employment under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.
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